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Metasequoia glyptostroboides - Dawn Redwood

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Metasequoia glyptostroboides - Dawn Redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides - Dawn Redwood


Sold out but more might be available soon.

We are still counting inventory and posting each batch online as they come in out of the field. Most container-grown plants are counted by mid-November, field-grown plants and plug seedlings aren't usually counted and available until January or February.
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#height=100 #hardiness=-25 #sun=4-5 #habit=upright #branch=medium #spread=clumping #end
Average Height: 20-40 feet in landscapes, 100+ feet in the wild. Thick roots make this a very wind fast tree.
Hardiness: Zones 4-8, very adaptable!
Aspect: Sun to light shade, grows fastest in full sun
Plant Spacing: 10+ ft apart, 5' spacing for solid screen
Deer Resistance: 5/5 - Very deer resistant!
Leaves: Flat spreading needles (rare for Cypress family trees which normally have scaled leaves), deciduous. The leaves are as soft as feathers all year

1-2 foot tall plants are offered in addition to our one gallon sizes at some points in the year. 1-2' plants are a size just under the one gallons usually offered and are often preferred by bonsai enthusiasts. You can prune these back to several inches tall in the winter for bonsai purposes or just grow them on as landscape trees. This is a nice size to start with because they are cheaper than the one gallons but still size up quickly because this species is such a fast growing tree.

The Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) is native to China and is one of the three surviving species of Redwood Trees, the other two (which we also sell) being native to California. All three Redwood species are considered endangered, but the Dawn Redwood was actually originally discovered only in the fossil record. In 1944, just a few surviving trees were found in China and were quickly propagated from. New trees have been planted around the world to hopefully prevent the extinction of this amazing conifer - you should add one to your landscape to help ensure the continuation of the species!

Today, the Dawn Redwood has become very popular for its wide and thick branches, fast growth habit, and amazingly fissured bark. Additionally, the tree is deciduous and drops its needles in the fall, revealing its strong branches and bark covered in small canyons. During the entire growing season, the needles are feather soft unlike most conifer species, which are usually sharp and pointy (hence the naming of conifer leaves as "needles").

In the garden, the Dawn Redwood is a medium to large sized tree (still an impressive size of up to 100 feet tall, but smaller than the other two Redwood species) with a dense canopy. This makes an excellent shade tree because its branches spread wide, unlike most conifers, but will also let light in during the cold winter months. They make a fine addition to Japanese and Asian style gardens.

Dawn Redwoods are also very popular for bonsai plants because of their small foliage, ease of shaping, and large trunk diameter relative to its height. One of the traits that makes the Dawn Redwood unusual compared to other conifers is that you can take a tall single trunk tree and prune it to any height to create a large tapering trunk but with a short height at any age because the Dawn Redwood can grow from the base. Most conifers can only produce new growth where there is already growth, which means that shaping for bonsai must be done from near the beginning. This makes the Dawn Redwood a fantastic species for both experts and beginners because if you mess up it is really easy to start over. Beginner bonsai enthusiasts should start experimenting with conifers using either this species or the Coast Redwood for the easiest and fastest results.

Close up of the dense foliage.
Image Credit: CC 3.0, Metasequoia


A note about the unique branching patterns and compound leaves produced by the Dawn Redwood
The formation of branches on the Dawn Redwood is very interesting, a leaf set is actually not just the needle in conifer species but each needle is actually part of a compound leaf which is made up of a fleshy stem and multiple leaflets - these look like branches but the whole thing drops as one piece in the fall. See an example here:

Diagram showing different types of compound leaves, Dawn Redwoods are pinnately compound.
If you have a pine tree in your yard you will notice that the needles that have fallen to the ground are actually dropped in bundles with multiple needles emerging from a single bud, but in the case of the Dawn Redwood the compound leaves are much larger and actually look like small branches.

If you look closely at the stems of Dawn Redwood trees in the winter, you will see the scars of where those compound leaves were last year with a new bud emerging. This bud will produce a permanent woody branch in the spring which will then produce additional compound leaves that will drop off again next year leaving only the true woody branches behind. This makes these trees much more interesting for bonsai purposes because the shape of the trees you get is very unique to this type of branching and leaf pattern, even compared to other deciduous conifers like Larch which have much smaller compound sets.

Even young trees develop nice sturdy trunks which are very straight.
Image Credit: CC 3.0, Metasequoia

Dawn Redwoods planted as a border.
Image Credit: CC 3.0, Metasequoia

New spring growth emerging from the woody branches.
Image Credit: CC 3.0, Metasequoia

Branches splay out flat, one of the reasons it makes an excellent bonsai species.
Image Credit: CC 3.0, Metasequoia

The fissured trunk of an older Dawn Redwood

1 Gallon Plants

Potted 1 gallon Dawn Redwoods ready for sale

A Dawn Redwood tree wrapped and ready to ship.

Dawn Redwood and Bald Cypress Trees (which are closely related) are frequently used for making bonsai because of their thick trunks, small/dense foliage, and generation of branches from old wood. Image credit: By Ragesoss - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2564254

Sample 1-2' tall plug seedling (usually offered in the winter). These will typically grow to 4-5' with wide branches in the coming growing season.

Sold out but more might be available soon.

We are still counting inventory and posting each batch online as they come in out of the field. Most container-grown plants are counted by mid-November, field-grown plants and plug seedlings aren't usually counted and available until January or February.
Notify me when it's back!

How Your Plants Are Packaged And Shipped

Washed Root vs. Bare Root


A bare root Sitka Spruce

A 2 gallon Sitka Spruce with all the soil washed away
Bare root and washed root are very similar but in the nursery trade typically bare root plants are trees which are grown in the field and dug up in the winter with no soil attached. These plants are typically cheaper due to lower growing costs and are popular for large projects where a large number of plants are needed. When the are dug they lose any roots that grew away from the main root ball and typically these plants will grow a little slower in their first year as they focus on producing new roots before returning to fast top growth. Despite the longer establishment period, bare root plants benefit from the root pruning and will produce a superior long-term root structure than washed root plants. Certain plant species and varieties that are prone to poor root system development are only available bare root for this reason. Bare root plants have high success rates but are not tolerant of planting directly into windy areas, especially with evergreen species as the remaining roots will not be sufficient to withstand drying winds. If you are planting in high-wind areas you should consider ordering washed root plants.

Washed root plants are grown in containers like one or two gallon pots in a standard nursery setting and can ship much earlier in the fall because we don't have to wait for deep winter dormancy before handling the plants. For shipping the plants are removed from their containers and the soil is gently washed off of the roots, preserving most of the small feeder roots. We make minor root pruning cuts to elimate clumps of circling roots from some plants but typically don't remove more than about 5-10% of the fine roots, compared to bare root plants which typically lose around 60-70% of the fine feeder roots. Washed root plants are much quicker to establish and are suitable for planting directly in windy locations but because of the higher growing costs and shipping weight will be more expensive than field grown bare root plants. Some plant species that are especially prone to root circling are not grown in containers but only in the field.

For most plant species we choose the growing method that has the highest success rate for that plant's root structure but some plants can be grown just as well either way so both forms can be listed for sale at once. Under the "availability" section for each plant variety any plants listed by container size (such as 1 gallon, 2 gallon, etc.) are washed root plants while plants listed by height (such as 20-30 inches tall) or any listing saying "field grown" are bare root plants.

Packaging Plants For Shipping


Most plants are shipped wrapped in newspaper, then moistened. Large bundles of plants can be shipped in a single long box.
Some plants, usually bamboo, are shipped in their container while others have their roots washed of soil and wrapped in damp paper and plastic. Most plant varieties can be shipped year-round, but sometimes certain plant species or large sizes do best when shipped dormant. You can order these to reserve yours during the summer and then they will be shipped in November when they are ready to go.

Your plants are placed in tight fitting boxes and strapped to the box so they don't move around and sustain damage. These are 3' tall Coast Redwoods.
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All Plants Are Guaranteed To Arrive In Good Condition

Any damaged plants will be replaced at no extra cost, all you have to do is send an email to info@lebeaubamboo.com and specify which plants were damaged. We have a great track record of providing excellent customer service and that is one of the main reasons customers keep coming back. We have years of experience shipping plants and have figured out the best way to ship the wide range of plant types we grow, each requiring its own packing method.

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Here's Why You Get The Best Plants From Us

Outdoor Grown Plants Are Tough
These plants have been grown outside and are far tougher than greenhouse-grown plants, which is the typical growing method of many other online sellers. When plants spend their live outsides they are already used to extreme temperature, humidity, and light fluctuations and have been hardened off against these conditions from day one. Tough plants are much better prepared for planting out and will perform far better in your landscape.

No Risk Ordering
Your plants are fully guaranteed to arrive safely or they will be replaced, no hassles. Just send us an email at info@lebeaubamboo.com for easy plant help. They are also guaranteed to be fully up to size - we only ship plants that have fully filled out their container. Often, online sellers ship plants that are 3.5 inch or quart sized but the most common size plants we ship are twice as big, fully filling out one gallon containers.

Year Round Shipping
By growing in containers rather than the field, shipping of one and two gallon plants is available within 1-3 days of ordering all year long for most plant varieties. Plus, container growing has the added benefit of low root disturbance, especially compared to typical bare root plants, and ensures much faster establishment in your landscape. Holding your order and shipping dormant in the spring or fall is also available which offers reduced shipping rates and allows for shipping of large two and five gallon plants up to 60 inches tall.
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